Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lucienne's - Sugar Free 83% Dark bar - May 18, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Sugar Free 83% Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: .8 oz. (22.68 g.) / 2 oz. (56.7 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 100 calories in 2/5 bar
Cost: $4.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

I find it interesting to try sugar-free dark chocolate bars, such as today's 83% Dark Chocolate bar sweetened with a proprietary stevia blend from Lucienne's (Trumansburg, NY).

Stevia-sweetened bars available now are quite good. In addition to missing the sugar buzz, and lacking any artificial flavor that earlier sugar-free bars sometimes had, these bars offer an opportunity to see what the underlying chocolate tastes like without sugar. (Sugar does add a certain brightness to certain flavors.)

This dark chocolate bar, made from Ecuadorian Antigua Nacional cocoa ("gently roasted" to retain antioxidants and flavor) was fairly smooth, without any bitter or objectionable notes that some people associate with bars with a higher cacao content. 

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